Friday, August 13, 2021

A southern Los Angeles councilman was charged with conspiring to rig votes in an election he won by just one ballot

LA Times:

[The Compton councilman] was one of six people charged Friday with conspiracy to commit election fraud, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors allege [he] conspired with ... one of his opponents in an April primary for [the] council seat, to direct voters from outside the council district to cast ballots for [him] in a June runoff


[His] name has been linked to multiple corruption scandals in recent months.

Last November, federal investigators served a search warrant at his home as part of an investigation into marijuana licensing practices in Baldwin Park, sources told The Times. The search came months after a former Baldwin Park police officer signed a sworn statement that he’d received complaints from three cannabis dispensary operators alleging “questionable business practices, which included paying as much as $250,000 cash in a brown paper bag to city officials.”

[He] was also subpoenaed to testify in grand jury proceedings that ultimately led prosecutors to bring corruption and bribery charges against [the] former Maywood Mayor ... and nine others earlier this year, according to an official familiar with the investigation. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the matter candidly.

[He] invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination during those proceedings and refused to answer questions, the official said.